Seal Your Shark
Whether you’re working with a Corvette that is fresh out of the paint shop or one that is all original, sealing it from the elements should rank high on your to-do list. Weatherstrip is a vital part of any classic car, as it keeps the car dry, and also makes it more comfortable to drive, thanks to heat insulation and reduced wind noise. If you’re still riding around with crumbling, dry-rotted weatherstrip, it’s time to freshen up your Corvette. You won’t believe the difference in wind noise alone! New weatherstrip also provides a nice, solid “thunk” when you close the door, so that’s a bonus.
As our 1968 Corvette project car nears completion, we’re chipping away at interior projects and final assembly. Part of the process is rebuilding the doors with refurbished window, latch and lock mechanisms, and making sure they are sealed off to ensure the longevity of our restoration efforts.
In this installment, we’re tackling the door and A-pillar weatherstrip, and buttoning up the doors with our new door panels from Corvette America. The new weatherstrips came from Corvette Pacifica and feature factory-correct formed ends. We’ll use 3M weatherstrip adhesive to attach the mid points (where there are no fasteners). The only other items you’ll need are a Phillips head screwdriver, and some 3M Adhesive Cleaner. Various other rubber items were sourced from Metro Moulded Parts, like mirror gaskets, T-top seals and more small pieces throughout the interior and exterior. The windshield molding and weatherstrip retainer came from Corvette Central, so the parts came from all directions to culminate in an excellent finished product. Paul Taylor at Hot Rods by Dean is responsible for assembling the interior and installing the weatherstrips in our C3 project, so let’s follow along as he seals the cabin in preparation for quiet and comfortable cruising for years to come. Vette
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